Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vintage Lace & Doilies: Upcycled and Repurposed

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Don't know what to do with all those old remnants of lace and inherited doilies? Check out these unique and fun ways to recycle and reuse these fading treasures. 

Don't have any doilies of your own? Check your local thrift shops and yard sales and I think you'll be surprised at how plentiful (and inexpensive) these beauties are.



Nelly Vintage Home





Doily lamp shade from A Beautiful Mess



DIY idea: frame lace and doilies atop of colored matting


Boho Vintage Crochet Lace Bib Necklace with Antique Brass Chain

Lace bib necklace by Urban Heirlooms via Etsy



Lace & doily lampshades


crochet lamps by NICE (by Naughty Secretary Club)

More doily lampshades


I think I like this one the most




Lace resist painting: lay lace on paper, spray with clear gloss spray, remove lace, paint with watercolors



For the project above you need:
Spray gloss finish        Watercolor paints           Doilies               Yupo paper

You can use any type of paper for this project but the Yupo is recommended because is its less absorbent so it creates a great resist. To make, place the lace on the paper and spray the gloss spray through the lace onto the paper. Then remove the lace and paint the sprayed paper with watercolor paints. Project by Christine Adolph.

Lace printed stationary





Lace doily candle holder: made by soaking doilies in wallpaper glue or sugar starch and forming around a balloon. Sugar starch is 1/4c water mixed with 3/4 cup granulated sugar. For more permanency use fabric stiffener such as Stiffy.







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Necklaces made with lace and fabric stiffener by White Owl











Carved lace tape - this would be so pretty on a gift!



Adhesive lace tape





Doily wedding dress


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Leather and lace handbags (above and below) by Urbanheirlooms


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I'll have to add more hoops ...

Lace in embroidery hoops



Lace doilies on canvas, painted white


Shabby Chic DIY Decoration




 Vintage lace jewelry (made by me!) DIY tutorial can be found in my bestselling jewelry project
 book: Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping and More
(above and below)

Also available for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Also be sure to check out this DIY scrap lace curtain:

 DIY scrap lace curtain


Did you know that you can use lace and doilies to make imprints in clay? Check this out:


Doily print clay dough ornaments tutorial



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Laura


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Article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. Originally published on 5/31/2012.